Today, ahead of the start of Mobile World Congress, LG unveiled the G5 smartphone, designed to deliver a captivating experience to mobile users around the world and continue the tradition of excellence established by the flagship G family. The company is also introducing LG Friends, an extensive portfolio of companion devices for the G5, ranging from headsets to VR goggles, making the device one of the world’s first modular type smartphone.
LG G5 key specs and features include a brand new metal uni-body design with a 5.3-inch Quad HD display, 16MP rear camera (with wide 8MP), 8MP front camera, Android 6.0 OS, and a slide-out 2800 mAh removable battery.
And to deliver on that expectation of excellence across the phone, as well as a few of the compatible devices, LG turned to the latest in Qualcomm Technologies’ flagship processor family: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. Announced last November, the 820 boasts more than 2 times better performance and power efficiency compared to previous generation technology. This power supports the G5’s ability to deliver superior connectivity and processing speed, long battery life and state-of-the-art graphics—satisfying the needs of the on-demand, multimedia generation.
For the G5, powerful processing helps usher in the 4K Ultra HD era, allowing for capture and playback of content four times the resolution of 1080p. Stunning detail and clarity define the video functions of the G5, and slow motion video capture enables users to relive high-speed action—one frame at a time. As with its predecessor, photography will also be in the spotlight as the G5 will unveil some neat camera features enabled by the 820’s integrated image signal processor, including instant HDR and dual rear cameras.
Of course, viewing streaming video in 4K wouldn’t be possible without a reliable, fast Internet connection. With X12 LTE built in to the Snapdragon 820, the G5 can experience up to 33% faster 4G+ LTE speeds compared to the previous generation, supporting lightning-fast download speeds and superior network coverage. The 820 supports Cat 12, which supports up to 600 Mbps download speeds.
The Snapdragon 820 is engineered for excellent battery life in the G5 are as well—the device supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which can charge up to four-times-faster than conventional charging. And with Qualcomm Hexagon DSP with HVX, always-on sensors are designed to use 10 time less power than the previous generation, leading to longer battery life comparatively.
In addition to stunning video, high-speed connectivity, and long battery life, LG G5 users will also be able to enjoy amazing audio thanks to Qualcomm aptX HD technology. Launched in January 2016, aptX HD technology, which is used in 20,000 cinemas and has been adopted by over 330 leading audio brands, is designed to deliver a remarkable audio experience wirelessly over Bluetooth, and is available in the G5 as well as the LG TONE Platinum (HBS-1100) headset—part of the LG Friends portfolio. The result of a collaboration with pro audio brand Harmon/Kardon, the LG TONE Platinum delivers superior sound, and is the world’s first Bluetooth headset to be equipped with the Qualcomm aptX HD codec, capable of delivering 24-bit sound sources and high-quality Hi-Fi audio.
Some of the LG Friends companion devices featured at Mobile World Congress.
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